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Frozen Water Pipes and Meters

With the upcoming extreme cold, the Village would like to remind residents to prepare water lines for freezing temperatures. Here are a few simple tips to protect your water line:

  • Maintain proper heat in your home, at least 55 degrees at all times.
  • Make sure there is warm air circulating in uninsulated areas of your home where there are water pipes, including garages and unfinished basements and crawlspaces. • Disconnect garden hoses from all outdoor faucets. This allows water to drain from frost free faucets.
  • Leave a trickle of water running from a faucet to keep water moving through the line.
  • If your water meter is located in a furnished area of your basement, check to be sure that the meter has been insulated properly and has protection from freezing during winter months.

If you turn on a faucet and only a trickle comes out, you may have a frozen pipe. Be careful when thawing the pipe, because if it has burst the water will come out and may cause damage to your home. If a pipe is broken, turn off the water at the main shutoff valve. If the pipe is undamaged, warm the pipe using a hair dryer or heating pad; do not use candles or open flames. When in doubt, it is always best to contact a licensed plumber to prevent unintended damage.

If you plan to leave for an extended period of time, the Village is available to turn your water off at the b-box to help prevent freezing pipes. Contact the Finance Department at (847) 673-1540 if you suspect your meter to be frozen or would like to schedule a water shutoff.

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